The Atlantic Slave Trade

TitleThe Atlantic Slave Trade
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsBurnard, Trevor
EditorHeuman, Gad, and Trevor Burnard
Book TitleThe Routledge History of Slavery
Pagination80 - 98

The Routledge History of Slavery is a landmark publication that provides an overview of the main themes surrounding the history of slavery from ancient Greece to the present day. Taking stock of the field of Slave Studies, the book explores the major advances that have taken place in the past few decades of study in this crucial field. Offering an unusual, transnational history of slavery, the chapters have all been specially commissioned for the collection. The volume begins by delineating the global nature of the institution of slavery, examining slavery in different parts of the world and over time. Topics covered here include slavery in Africa and the Indian Ocean World, as well as the Transatlantic Slave Trade. In Part Two, the chapters explore different themes that define slavery such as slave culture, the slave economy, slave resistance and the planter class, as well as areas of life affected by slavery, such as family and work. The final part goes on to study changes and continuities over time, looking at areas such as abolition, the aftermath of emancipation and commemoration. The volume concludes with a chapter on modern slavery. Including essays on all the key topics and issues, this important collection from a leading international group of scholars presents a comprehensive survey of the current state of the field. It will be essential reading for all those interested in the history of slavery. Professor Trevor Burnard's chapter, The Atlantic Slave Trade, examines slave trade across the Atlantic from the mid-fifteenth century until the last half of the nineteenth century stating that "this was a distinctive event in both global history and the history of slavery; it was 'the largest transoceanic forced migration in history' ...The Atlantic slave trade was the means whereby the Americas were repopulated by Africans, and made profitable to Europeans in the process....[It] was slavery that ensured colonial economic growth."

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